St. Petersburg and Moscow: Workshop for Museum Professionals

Study Abroad

This intensive program for museum professionals will start in St. Petersburg, a home to many outstanding museums and an architecture museum in its own right. The anchor of the program is the preeminent State Hermitage Museum, where the group will spend three full days attending wide-ranging tutorials in the museum galleries, at the Hermitage storage and a restoration lab, meeting with Hermitage curators and educators. The group will then move to the State Peterhof Museum Preserve to explore this extraordinarily rich and rapidly developing complex that includes thirty-two museums. The survey of multiple museums of Peterhof and Oranienbaum will focus on the matters of preservation, restoration, maintenance, traditional and innovative display and public activities of the museum complex. The program will continue in Moscow where the group will get introduced to the Moscow Kremlin and its museums, to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, the heart of the developing Museum Quarter, and to the Grabar Art Restoration Center. The program completes with a day at the Tretyakov Gallery, world’s largest depository of Russian art.

This program is led by Elena Varshavskaya (see Meet our Team) and it is difficult to over-emphasize the unique opportunities this program provides. The inclusions that would be traditionally a part of a program of this nature (and as such easily double the cost) we have left to your own discretion (upgrading accommodations, fine dining, performances).

If you are a student seeking credit for museum studies or museum management, see The Art and Science of Museums.

Note that our online application has been so far primarily designed for students. For purposes of this program, please upload a resume/CV rather than a transcript. References are not required, but because this is a mandatory section for student applications, just make up a name/email to enter there. Questions that do not seem relevant but are marked as required, answer as briefly as possible. By next year we will have a new application track for professionals.

Preliminary Program




COVID-19 Measures


St. Petersburg, Russia
Art & Art History, Continuing Education, Museum Studies


This program is intended for museum professionals and academics. Graduate students will be considered, but this is not a credit-bearing program.

Dates & Costs

  • 2023 Summer (per person, single accommodation)
    Year: 2023 Summer
    Dates: 08 July 2023 - 23 July 2023
    Application Deadline: 15 March 2023
    Cost: $5,795
  • 2023 Summer (per person, twin accommodation)
    Year: 2023 Summer
    Dates: 08 July 2023 - 23 July 2023
    Application Deadline: 15 March 2023
    Cost: $4,995

Program Inclusions

Program as outlined (all guides, meetings, transportation, admission tickets), twin accommodation, 2nd class train ticket from St. Petersburg to Moscow, meals as outlined, pre-departure information, roundtrip airport transfers (with group), Russian visa and registration. Not included are airfare (to/from Russia) or emergency insurance (we recommend